Say hello to the first major awards show of the year, the Golden Globes.
Broadcasting live at 5 p.m. PT (8 p.m. ET) Sunday on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the 72nd Golden Globes will recognize film and television in the year 2014.
Yes, both film and television. And that’s because the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the people behind the Golden Globes, understand the importance of television, as The Times’ TV critic Mary McNamara writes.
The Golden Globes telecast could be just that -- good TV. Especially with three-time hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the helm, anything is up for a joke, as The Times’ Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp notes. Like Reese Witherspoon’s whoa-that’s-a-huge backpack in “Wild”? Cold. Steve Carell’s prosthetics in “Foxcatcher”? Warmer. Sony hack? Hot, hot!
That’s not to say the nominees themselves won’t serve as the perfect fodder. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark comedy “Birdman” leads the pack with seven nominations, while Richard Linklater’s acclaimed indie “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum’s World War II drama "The Imitation Game" come in with five nominations apiece. In the television realm, the comedies “Girls” and “Orange Is the New Black” as well as the dramas “House of Cards” and “The Good Wife” picked up several nods.
With that, curious to see how the nominees reacted to their nods? Check out our photo gallery of nominee reactions. Just a taste: For Gina Rodriguez of newbie comedy “Jane the Virgin,” the honor is a “life-long dream.” It’s also a surprise, according to our snubs and surprises gallery, since awards shows don’t always favor newcomers.
In terms of whom we can expect to see onstage, the presenters include Kerry Washington, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez. Here’s hoping Lopez doesn’t flub her lines, like she did (cutely, though) at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards. Remember, it’s “How to Train Your Dragon” not “How to Drain Your Dragon.” Wink wink.
Also taking the stage to assist during the ceremony is Miss Golden Globe, an honor that often goes to a daughter of at least one celebrity parent. This year it’s Greer Grammer, daughter of Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" fame, who's a three-time Golden Globe winner, and Hollywood makeup artist Barrie Buckner. Did you know Greer kept her title a secret from her parents for 10 days? Find out why in our interview with Greer. And check out our photo gallery featuring Miss Golden Globe throughout the years.
While we don’t know the winners ahead of time (journalists, they’re just like you), Gold Standard columnist Whipp has made his predictions. While you’re at it, fill out our Golden Globes play-at-home ballot and see how you prevail.
Until then, we wait to see which stars will walk the red carpet. George Clooney, a recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, might just bring his new wife, human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. And Benedict Cumberbatch might bring his now-pregnant fiancée, theater director and actress Sophie Hunter. We explore the possibilities in this video.
Speaking of video, lean back with our hourlong "Hollywood Sessions" roundtable interviews with lead actors, lead actresses, supporting actors, supporting actresss and directors to boot.
And remember to check back during and after the show to see of-the-moment coverage of the Golden Globes, including red carpet arrivals, show highlights and the he-or-she-said-what moments the stars had backstage.
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